Thursday, April 28, 2011

News Flash: Hip Hop is Homophobic

Who would've thunk?  An eight-year-old, animated, gangster wanna-be, Riley, from The Boondocks, dropped mad knowledge on us and relationship between the black (mostly hip hop community) and the gay community.

Riley: Pause! You said something gay, so you've gotta say "no homo," or you're a homo.
Granddad: I'm not saying "no homo." All I said was I'm going to give him everything I've got.
Riley: Pause, Granddad! That is gay, and you've gotta say "no homo." How am I supposed to know you're not a homo, Granddad, if you don't say "no homo."

Can we admit that hip hop, along with it's artificial masculine posturing, has a SERIOUS problem with homosexuality.  Let me take that a step further.  The black community has a SERIOUS problem with homosexuality.  Anyone paying attention knows that Prop 8, in California, passed, in no small part, to the huge support of the black community.  Ask a black woman if she will date a openly bi-sexual man. A black man how many gay male friends he has.  You may be shocked at the answers you receive.  The black community does not like gay men.  Now, NOT EVERYONE in the black community has an issue with homosexuality (so please save the "I have a black gay friend" responses).  But, a good majority of the black community, is not comfortable with homosexuality.  I believe that part of it is our overemphasis on masculinity. 

{Random Thoughts-just thinking to myself:  Do we really know what masculinity is?  It feels that too often, we mistake what masculinity actually is.  I remember a cousin of mine saying she wanted someone with a little "thug" in him because she didn't want "no punk."  Well, she got her a thug... and he whipped her ass in traditional "thug" fashion.  Maybe the rate of broken families and/or single parents in the black community has something to do with it?  Can a son missing a father know what a "Man" really is?  Can a woman missing a father know how to recognize a "Man?"  I think my father is a real man.  He may HUGE sacrifices for his family.  He worked his fingers to the bone to provide.  He supported his wife and her goals.  Completely selfless... Maybe I should have listened to him a little more..}

Every once in a while, we get to see our phobias illustrated by the hip hop community.  Most of us have never heard of the West Coast rapper Lil B.  Apparently he has been "in the biz" since 2004.  However, he is getting a lot of attention now-a-days because of the name of his next album - "I'm Gay."  Since the name of his new album was made public, Lil B, who is heterosexual, has received numerous death threats.  Yes, in 2011, people still receive death threats.

As a PK, I understand the influence of the Black Church on this subject.  Many folks learn that homosexuality is going against the teachings of the Bible.  To me, that STILL doesn't address how we are against individuals having equal rights, or don't take issue with someone receiving death threats.  I'm sorry, as one of the few groups in this country that has a pretty good understanding of having their basic human rights restricted, you would think we would be a little more understanding of others having their human rights restricted, and be against it.  You don't have to LIKE the "lifestyle" anymore than someone should like yours.  But shouldn't we support human rights?

I love hip hop, and I love rap (well, mostly 80s - early 2000s rap and hip hop), but for a genre a music that is supposed to be a way of dealing with the hardships of the lives of minorities in America, you would think it would be a little more inclusive.

Why is there such a phobia in the black community?

Why is there such a phobia in the Hip Hop community?

Because of our history, should black people show more support for the basic human rights of EVERYONE?
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